Sunday, 29 November 2015

29/11/15

With todays wild weather I though that the bottom of Pacific Road would be a good place to start off  as I thought that maybe a Skua or Diver might do a flyby due to the winds. New Brighton had Great and Pomarine Skua, whilst down at Hale there was Kittiwake and Red-throated Diver. But my plan back fired as I had abandon the watch as the Mersey started to burst it banks!
 
Great crested Grebe (EM)
 On the Morpeth Dock there was 23 Herring Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 sinensis Cormorant, whilst on the Egreton Dock there wasn't even a Feral Pigeon it was that windy, I could barely stand on my own two feet! But I soldiered on to see what was on the East Float were it was that choppy that I couldn't make out a single Great Crested Grebe, had they left the dock? Birds which were around were hundreds of gulls pouring into the Docks to roost along with 3 sinensis Cormorant and 1 Oystercatcher. The toughest birds on the East Float were by far the 4 Canada Geese which were still present, despite the howling winds and birds being constantly pounded by the spray off the waves they just kept on happily feeding away without a care in the world. Meanwhile on the more sheltered Alfred Dock there was still the 1 Great Crested Grebe, along with a roost of 17 Black-headed Gull and 1 sinensis Cormorant.
 
Great Northern Diver (EM)
After wards I headed over to see the GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, which is present for its 2nd day and is happily feeding on the crabs which are in plentiful supply. Had 13 Canada Geese on the way behind the Tern Raft.The Diver can be seen on Duke Road going cross the bridge between the West and East Float were there's a small lay-by, the bird can be viewed from the car. The GND can also be a bit hard to pin down at times so be patient. Other birds present at the south end of the East Float with the GND were 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Cormorant (4 sinensis) and 1 Coot. Hopefully the GND will stay the winter or at least long enough for the next WeBS count.
Total sinensis Cormorant count: 10
 
Coot (EM)

Great Northern Diver (EM)
 
Observer: Elliot Montieth


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